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Small World: Pygmies and co.

Brian Sparkes

in Word And Image In Ancient Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print November 2000 | ISBN: 9780748614066
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651054 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748614066.003.0006
Small World: Pygmies and co.

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There was a time when scenes painted on the pottery of Greece were understood to be closely linked to the varied literary sources that preceded or were contemporary with them, and the presumed connections between the two were investigated assiduously. The vase-painters were generally considered to be subsidiary to, and dependent on, the writers of the literary works. However, the relationships between stories told through the medium of words and those presented in visual images are now seen to be more complex. This chapter concentrates on what Greek writers wrote and craftsmen presented of the mythical battle between the pygmies and the cranes. It begins with Homer's double simile to describe the first clash in the poem between the Trojans and the Achaeans.

Keywords: pottery; Greece; vase; words; images; craftsmen; battle; pygmies; cranes; Homer

Chapter.  8734 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical Literature

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